Government and Politics


Government and Politics


Notion of State, Its Origin, Some Issues and Four Elements: Territory, Sovereignty, People and Government, Other Issues: Politics and Morality, Law, Liberty, Equality, Fundamentals Rights, Administration of Justice, Rule of Law and Separation of Power, Checks and Balances,  Natural Justice;

Some Political Theories: Individualism, Collectivism, Socialism, Capitalism, Colonialism, Democratizm, Constitutionalism, Nationalism, Secularism, Monarchism, Republicanism, Federalism, Conservatism and Liberalism, Imperialism and Fascism.

History of Government and Politics: Political Thoughts in Ancient Greek- Socrates, Plato, Aristotle. Alexander the Great, Renaissance in Europe, Emergence of Modern Nation States, Concept of Self Determination, Independence, Sovereignty, Democracy and Liberalism-Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Montesquieu Rousseau, Bentham, Karl Marx, Lenin; Concepts & Forms of Government in Ancient, Medieval and Modern Age. Monarchy and Dictatorial Government, Islamic Concepts of State & Government, Concept of Martial Law and Military Law; Trends of Military Interference or Intervention in Politics and Government;

Organs of Government:  The Legislature, Executive & Judiciary, the Separation of Power and Its Application in USA, UK, Australia, Canada, India and Bangladesh;         

Government and Politics in Bangladesh and Beyond: Evolution of Political System, Party Politics, Power Politics, Problems of Democracy, Electoral System in Bangladesh, Problems and Prospects of Good Governance; Transparency and Accountability, Government Scandals and Corruption, Terrorism, Fight Against Corruption and Terrorism, Development, International Relations and Diplomacy, Political Parties in Developed & Developing Countries, Emergence of Two Party System in UK and USA;     


Relevant Laws:    

  1. The Constitution of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh 
  2. Constitutions of Different Political Parties in UK, USA, Australia, India, Pakistan  and Bangladesh  


Books Recommended:

1. The Republic by Plato  

2. Politics by Aristotle  

3. Theory & Practice of Modern Govt. by H. Finer

4. A Grammar of Politics by H. J. Laski           

5. Political Theory & Social Change by David Spitz 

6. Government of Modern State by W. E. Wiloughby   

7. Political Thought from Plato to the Present by M. Judd Haroon

8. Government of Modern State by W. E. Wiloughby

9. Political Thought in Medieval Islam by E. I. J. Rosenthal

10. Political Trends in the Arab World by Majid khadduri

11. Principles of Political Science by AC Kapoor

12. Modern Political Constitution by CF Strong

13. Political Theory and Organization by Dr. A. Odud Bhuiya, Dhaka

      Book Corporation.

14. Politics in Pacific Asia: Comparative Government and Politics

       by Xiaoming Huang

15. Constitutional Law of Bangladesh by Mahmudul Islam

16. The Constitution of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh by Justice

      Latifur Rahman

17. The Spirit of Laws by Montesquieu

18. Government and Politics in South Asia Book by Craig Baxter, Yogendra K. Malik, Charles H. Kennedy, Robert C. Oberst

19. Bangladesh: From Mujib to Ershad (An Imperative Study) by Lawrence Ziring

20. Politics and Administration in Banglades: Problems of Participation by Ahmed Shafiqul Haque

21. Bangladesh: Problems of Governance by Rehman Sobhan

22. Politics and Security of Bangladesh by Talukdar Moniruzzaman 

23. The Parliament of Bangladesh by Nizam Ahmed

24. Bangladesh Politics: Problems and Issues by Rounaq Jahan

25. Principles of Moral and Legislation by Bentham

Leading Cases:  

  1. Secretary, Minisry of Finance V. Masdar Hossain 2000 52 DLR (AD) 82
  2. Gazi Jasim Uddin V. Bangladesh 50 DLR 1998
  3. Abu Jafar V. DG, Dept. of Environment 56 DLR (HCD)  
  4. Rokibuddin V. Syndicate of Dhaka University 57 DLR 2005
  5. Khondakar Modasrres Elahi V. Bangladesh 54 DLR 2002
  6. Dr. Mohiuddin Farooque V. Bangladesh 49 DLR, 1997
  7. Abul Ala Moududi V. Govt. of West Pakistan, 1964 17 PLD (SC) 209
  8. Anwar Hossain Chowdhury V. Bangladesh (1989) BLD (SPL) 2
  9. Marbury V. Madison (1803) 1 Cranch 137
  10. Supreme Court Advocates on Record Association V. Union of India (1994) AIR (SC) 268  


(Also Additional Books, Journal Articles, Contemporary cases, materials form Websites will be discussed by the Course Teacher Concerned)